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Holiday Fashion Engages Senses From Head To Toe #2

Abby is on the job sitting cross legged in her PJs (gray bottoms & white top with a gray collar) with a teal Abby logo laptop on her lap. Sporting her signature explosive hairstyle, she is wearing a headset with microphone and her white cane is propped up next to her.

Houndstooth, Fur & A Little Sparkle

While you may not be able to see the forest for the trees, you can be a vision in an ensemble with multiple textures. In my second installment on engaging the senses through holiday fashion I’ve taken three knit separates added faux fur, velvet, reptile texture, and gemstones to create an overall glamorous vibe.

When we view the world through the narrow lens of the majority we can miss out on brilliant nuances. The beauty in being able to see can hinder our ability to fully engage with our environment.

Being born without or losing a sense like sight exposes us to a whole new world of sensory experience. The environment which the majority of us can see with our eyes is viewed very differently from a person who is blind or visually impaired.

Take today’s outfit for example, looking at it with physical sight we can take in the bold black and white houndstooth pattern. The sparkle of the gemstones would catch our eye but how about the shape, cut, edges, and smooth facets on the crystals?

From the perspective of blindness or visual impairment imagine how delightful the feeling is of running the fingertips through the fur on the vest or how this texture differs in comparison with the knit top. Taking in the smooth, bumpy surface on the handbag provides us with an added sensory experience by hearing the jingle of the adjustable shoulder chain or the magnetic closure.

Then we have the soft, luxurious feeling of velvet ankle boots against the warm and cozy opaque tights. Yes, there is no denying that seeing with our physical eyes is awesome but even when we cannot see we can still, and in some cases even more so appreciate the beauty surrounding us. The difference is in our perception.

Description (clockwise from the top left):

  1. Black rib knit sweater with gem embellished neck – funnel neck and long sleeves.
  2. Black and white houndstooth skirt – wrap-effect front, patch pockets, black trims.
  3. Shaggy vest in jet-black crimped faux fur – three-quarter length.
  4. Black opaque tights.
  5. Black velvet heeled booties – chunky heels.
  6. Silver-colored shoulder bag – silver chain strap.

Here’s a little something to think about: Many people view blindness as a loss but there is another perspective seldom considered, the minority’s view.

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Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #4

How To Dress Up A Tee

photogrid_1480643732111I’ve always loved dressing up. Skirts and dresses were my norm about 15 years ago. When I began working for one of the big 5—now recognized as big 4—accounting firms, I adapted to the business casual dress code environment by opting for more slacks.

Even though I’ve worn more slacks in recent years I still prefer skirts. Dressing up the skirt in the collage was “so easy a caveman could do it,” no offense to cavemen I just always had a desire to say this.

Planning to wear mostly black and cream-colored clothing this winter meant I only needed one or two new pieces to add to my wardrobe. Sticking with my something comes in/something goes out philosophy as a result of buying this Philosophy skirt at Nordstrom Rack, I gladly gave up two dresses.

What I wore: A black v-neck tee, obi belt, opaque tights, and ankle boots were paired with a beige pencil skirt. Simple earrings and a sparkly brooch finished off the look.

Have a lovely Sunday!

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1 Pencil Skirt, 3 Looks: Day 1

Sassy In Silver & Black

Two images of me standing & posing with my white caneStreamlining a wardrobe need not be complicated when employing different combinations of tops, layers, footwear, and accessories. As a matter of fact, dreaming up a variety of looks using multiple pieces can be so much fun! Over the next 3 days I’m going to share how I transformed one pencil skirt into 3 outfits; the BEST part, I shopped my closet.

Us blind and VI ladies may not be able to see well. We possibly use a white cane, have a guide dog, or neither, yet our lack of eyesight does not, and should not, prevent us from feeling and looking our best! Style is not limited to people without disabilities. The one thing we ALL have in common is we are human.

To images of me posing (one seated the other standing) with my white cane.

Oh, oh, and I almost forgot. There is a hidden feature within this skirt that I can hardly wait to share on another day.😉 So stay tuned!

Images: Grey Ann Taylor skirt, silver sequined Limited cami, black shearling sweater/jacket, grey patterned opaque tights, black suede ankle boots, and black & silver statement earrings.

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Ankle Boots Outfit Combos

If the Boot Fits…

US Polo Assn 2-Rudy found on Polyvore. These boots look more like Timberlands though they almost resemble the ones Mollie chewed except these ones are tan in color.
US Polo Assn 2-Rudy

My first excursion into the world of ankle boots began with a fixation on work boots that bordered on a fetish. It made no sense to me that a self-professed professional would be so fascinated with this type of footwear but I know where it all started.

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned that my ex-husband, Chuck, was the best contractor I know. He took such care in making sure whatever he did was done to absolute perfection.

When we bought our home some of the work Chuck did involved tearing a hole to the outside wall of the dining room then installing French doors, totally revamping the living room, replaced windows throughout, built a new porch and put up new siding. Since I had a vested interest in our home many times I would work alongside Chuck.

I don’t remember ever telling him how much I enjoyed watching him work. This was the beginning of my work boot fetish because he looked so darn good in them it drove me crazy.

Grey long cardigan, grey boots, black tank, black handbag, blue denim jeans.
Grey & Black Pinterest/Polyvore

It took me months to find the right pair as I initially thought I wanted Timberlands but the ones that spoke to me the loudest were these magnificent pair of black leather Polos. I can’t tell you how much I adored these boots and I was able to keep them up until last year when Mollie decided she wanted to chew them and in the process broke my heart.

A couple of weeks ago I did a post titled Of Shoes and Shrimp where I talked about the different styles and types of boots and I thought why not do follow-up posts on how to wear each style. Hence today’s post on ankle boots.

It seems everywhere I turn I’m seeing ankle boots and cuffed jeans. There seems to be disagreement on cuffing jeans with a little ankle showing versus inserting them into the boots. However I’ve seen them worn both ways although my favorite look is wearing jeans cuffed. One thing worth noting for cuffed jeans with ankle boots you’ll want to wear skinny or straight leg jeans.

Pastel Plaid Scarf, cardigan appears to be a blush color & ankle boots by steffiestaffie found on Polyvore. White tank, black denim, beige ankle boots & handbag
Pastel Plaid Scarf, cardigan & ankle boots by steffiestaffie Polyvore

Other looks I like are the skirt or dress with tights and leggings. When adding a cape or wrap to any of these looks the end result is très chic. Playing with different colors, textures, layers and accessories like scarves, hats, bags, and gloves provides endless options.

Throughout today’s post are pictures I found on Pinterest and Polyvore of ensembles I like. The heels on the grey boots are little high for my tastes (I never thought I’d say that) but they were too sharp to pass by so I’m sharing. The descriptions on the photos will be in Alt Text. Below I provide some combination examples.

  • Burgundy, Grey & Black
    Chunky cowl neck burgundy sweater
    Charcoal grey midi skirt
    Black tights
    Black ankle boots
  • Dark Denim, Black & Grey
    Cuffed dark skinny jeans
    Charcoal grey tank
    Grey/white leopard print cardigan
    Grey/black plaid ankle boots
  • Black and Burgundy
    Black leggings
    Black tunic sweater
    Burgundy scarf
  • Dark Denim, Black & White
    Dark Rinse Cuffed Skinny or Straight Jeans
    White tee
    Black blazer
    Black & white scarf

I hope you enjoyed some of my suggested combinations, I’ll be putting together additional combos for other boot styles in the coming weeks.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

“Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails.” ~Max Eastman, Enjoyment of Laughter  Or in Mollie’s case she laughed when she tore up my boots.